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Real Estate: 2380 Cat Square Road in Vale

Goat Farm - Cat Square Love goat cheese? This is an awesome opportunity to own a profitable goat dairy! Live in a 1,800 sq ft 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with full basement while working from backyard. 3 poultry barns converted to dairy business with a commercial kitchen for cheese making and baking. There are 7 paddocks for grazing, 2 stall barn, chicken house & storage building all on 13 fenced acres. Owner has wonderful clientele and is willing to train you for the business.  What are you waiting for? Call today for a private showing. 

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Events: Hayrides, Corn Mazes & Pumpkin Patches, Oh My!

Fall pumpkin - hay balesIt’s time for hayrides, corn mazes and pumpkin patches! Below is a list of local farms around the Lake Norman area that offer one or all three.

North Carolina

1) Amazing Maize Maze in Huntersville
Open from October 3rd until November 1st  from 10:00 am-5:00 pm
   They offer a fun corn maze, hayrides, games & pick a pumpkin. 
   **Children 13 and older are $11  and  children 5-12 are $7.50
Address: 4431 Neck Road Huntersville, NC 28078

2) Carrigan Farm in Mooresville
     Open from September 25th – November 1st from 9:00 am-4:00 pm on Saturday & Sundays
& Tuesday -Thursday 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

     **$10 which includes a hayride to pumpkin patch, pumpkin, visit to the petting zoo & warm apple cider.
Address: 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy Mooresville, NC 28115

3) Hodges Farm in Charlotte
    Open September 25th until October 31st from 9:00 am-Dusk.
    They offer a pumpkin patch, games and on the weekends pony rides and hayrides.
    **$5 fee for admission  Extra Cost: $5 pony rides & $5 hayride
Address: 3900 Rocky River Road Charlotte, NC 28215

Patterson Farm in Mt. Ulla / China Grove (Mooresville Area)
    Open September 26th until November 6th on the weekends.
    Saturday 10:00 am-6:00 pm and Sunday 12:30 pm-6:00 pm
    They offer a corn maze, hay rides, pumpkin patch & play area
    **Children 2 and under are FREE & 3-54 $9 and 55 and older $8
       Pumpkin patch express (hayride only) $4
       Extra cost: pony rides $4, corn maze $4 
Address: 10390 Caldwell Road Mt. Ulla, NC 28125

5) Regal Corn Maze in Statesville 
    Open September 26th until November 1st (weekends only)
    Fri 6:00pm-10:00pm –  Sat 12:00pm-10:00pm – Sun 12:00pm-5:00pm
    They offer a corn maze, fun games, face painting, hay tunnel & more
    **Children 4 and under are FREE & 5 and older $9
Address: 347 Bell Farm Road Statesville, NC 28625

South Carolina

1) Autumn Farm & Vineyard in Gaffney 
    Open Weekends in October – Sat-Sun 12:00 pm until 7:00 pm
    Field of Scream – Fri & Sat dark-until & Sun dark-10:00 pm
    They offer pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayride, bounce house, games & more
   **$5 during the day & $10 for Field of Scream 
     Extra cost: pumpkin (by size), bounce house $2 , games $1 each & food
Address: 2480 Pacolet Hwy Gaffney, SC 29340

Cotton Hills Farm in Chester 
 Open Saturdays in October from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    They offer pumpkin patch, corn maze, farm tours, animals and hayrides
    **$9 for adults, $7 for children 2-12 yrs and 1 & under are Free
       (small pumpkin included in admission fee)
**They also host a Farm Fair– this year it is Oct 17th and it includes all actives mentioned above plus live music and additional activities for same price
Address: 2575 Lowrys Hwy Chester, SC 29706

Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill (Fall Frolic Weekends on the Greenway)
    Open October 3rd – November 1st – Saturdays 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sundays 1:00 pm-6:00 pm 
     They offer wagon ride to pumpkin patch, hay maze, corn maze, animals and games. 
     **Members $8, Non-Members $10 and children 4 – under Free 
       (Members of Ann Springs Close Greenway) 
Address: 1604 US Hwy 21 Fort Mill, SC 29715

Real Estate News: Final Portion of I-485 to Honor a Local Business Man

It was just announced that the final segment of I-485 outer loop will be named in honor of H. Allen Tate, Jr, the founder and CEO of the Allen Tate Companies.

Mr. Tate has served on the Charlotte Chamber’s Regional Roads Committee, Toll Roads Solutions Committee and others. Some peers feel without his drive and involvement throughout the years, I-485 would not be completed for many more years. The Charlotte Chamber President & CEO, Bob Morgan, said ” For the past 50 years, there has been no greater champion than Allen Tate for planning, funding and building of roads to meet the demands of our region’s growing population”.

What a great honor for a wonderful man. Congratulations Mr. Tate!

No date has been set for an opening or naming ceremony but it is in the works.

Summarized from an article on Charlotte Chamber website

Real Estate News: TWO Ways East Lincoln Fire Department Substation Could Help Homeowners

There’s good news and maybe some not-so-good news for hundreds of homeowners in the East Lincoln Fire District.   The good news is that the fire department will open a substation in a rented facility on Commerce Drive near SmithStone. Which will shorten the emergency response time in that area, and hopefully head off huge insurance rate hikes that homeowners faced beginning this fall. The fire department notified county officials recently that 352 homes did not fall within the five-mile distance requirement to receive a Class 5 insurance rating. That meant their rating could jump to a Class 9, resulting in increases between 30-70 percent, according to county manager George Wood.   The bad news is that the department has to get a loan from the county to pay expenses for the new substation for the remainder of the fiscal year, and will seek a district-wide tax increase next year to operate the substation. The department currently has tax revenues of $1.37 million, but would need an additional $75,000 beginning next year to cover the substation. That would mean taxpayers would see an increase in their tax rate from 6.8 cents per $100 valuation to 7.17 cents.   The county manager, George Wood, stated that none of the rules have changed, but “insurers are now being told by the state that they must write the policy based upon the actual travel distance requirement. That is what created this issue.” “We didn’t know this was coming until a week and a half ago,” said fire marshal Mike Futrell. “ELVFD has been looking to purchase land for its second station and this would correct the problem, but cannot happen fast enough to avoid these higher premiums,” Wood stated to commissioners. Wood’s recommendation for the loan and the new substation was approved by the board upon a motion made by Commissioner Carl Robinson Jr. of Denver.   Source: News@Norman

Real Estate Tip: Facelift Your HOME for the Holidays

    Try rearranging your furniture with friends on a rainy or snowy day. Move lamps from one table to the next, switch chairs around, split one large seating arrangement into two intimate groupings. You can always move it back the way it was if you don’t like it, but you might find yourself pleasantly surprised. Gather up your stored collectibles and accessories and put them altogether. You might be surprised how objects that seem very different have a commonality to them, such as size or color. Try different combinations, taking pictures to select from your most successful new groupings. You might just discover something new about that old vase you were about to toss. Sort through your family vacation photo albums. Change out framed photos with ones from the albums. Add new frames to your photo collection (which could also make lovely,personal gifts). Group photos on the mantle or media console. Visit your local museum store for quality framed art, posters and interesting accessories to brighten up those dead areas. There is nothing like new art to inspire you! Purchase new guest towels. Mix and layer a new pattern or color towel with your existing set. Sprigs of fresh herbs or a stem of a silk flower can be used to cinch the smallest towels. Make a New Years resolution. Gather up all your design and decorating magazines, which have been accumulating in the den, and make a style file for your decorating plans. Source:    

Real Estate Tips: Your November Checklist…

  • Remove leaves and debris from eaves and gutters. Also a great time to test downspouts to ensure proper drainage from the roof.
  • Turn on the pilot light for gas furnaces or gas fireplaces.
  • Replace bulbs in porch and garage lights and test any exterior electrical connections so you’ll be readyfor holiday decorating.
  • Check existing holiday decorations and replace any with damaged or frayed wires.
  • Test fire alarms, smoke dectors and carbon monoxide dectors. Also replace all batteries.
  • Wrap any exposed pipes to prevent freezing and bursting during the winter months. Put away any hoses connected to outside faucets.
  • Check, clean and/or replace furnace air filters each month during heating season. Also, check vents to make sure they are not blocked by furniture or other objects.
  • When the leaves have fallen, clean out wells around foundation vents to keep them working properly and to keep surface water from entering your crawl space.

Real Estate Market: Charlotte, NC’s Rebound to Outpace Nation

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – The Charlotte region, including the Lake Norman area, will rebound faster than the nation as a whole from the economic downturn – although Charlotte area home prices will continue to drop until March, a leading economic forecaster predicts. “The employment base is more diverse, and this is an area people and businesses want to move to,” said Mark Vitner, senior economist with Wells Fargo in Charlotte. “We are the best alternative to Atlanta in the Southeast and, for some, the only alternative” because of proximity to Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. “This is still a desirable place for people to do business,” Vitner said, after a construction and real estate financing symposium at the Charles Mack Citizen Center on Thursday. Vitner was the keynote speaker at the Lake Norman Home Builders Association event. Vitner cited various major corporations that call the area home, including Ingersoll-Rand in Davidson, Lowe’s Companies Inc. in Mooresville and such new arrivals as Electrolux Major Appliances North America, which began a move in July to bring nearly 750 jobs to the University City area. The region offers a high quality of life at comparatively low-cost, he said. Its roads aren’t as congested as other metropolitan areas, he added. It may just take until next spring for the national economy to get back on track and the housing and commercial sectors to improve, said Vitner and other panelists at the forum. Panelists also included Lake Norman-area bankers, William Nurney of the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond, Va., and Jim Felds, managing principal at Focustar Capital Group LLC, which manages about $975 million in projects in North Carolina and four other states. Vitner cautioned the 100 or so builders, real estate professionals and others in attendance that “the era of cheap and abundant credit is over. We’ll never see it priced the way it was.” He said housing prices won’t improve until the traditional spring buying season. “We’re expecting a very sluggish recovery for housing,” he said. And while the Charlotte area will have added at least 16,000 jobs this year, 71,000 jobs were lost during the recession and many of the new jobs don’t pay as well, he said. Still, he said after his talk, the region is better positioned economically than many other areas. “People and companies are still moving here,” he said. “We’ve seen positive industrial announcements this year.” (Report by Joe Marusak of Charlotte Observer 8/2010)

Real Estate: Charlotte, NC a “New Heartland City” of the Nation?

A detailed study just released from the Brookings Institute in Washington names Charlotte as one of the country’s “New Heartland” cities – large metropolitan areas that offer the workforce a good quality of life and the kinds of jobs economists predict will move the U.S. forward in the years to come. The report, entitled “The State of Metropolitan America,” offers a glimpse of what’s expected to be the results of the 2010 Census. Here are some other quick statistics of interest on the Queen City:
  • Total population (MSA 2009): 1,701,799
  • Growth: + 27 percent
  • Change in foreign-born population (2000-2008): + 77.8 percent
  • Median household income: $55,394
  • Percent of population 25 + with bachelor’s degree: 32 percent
To read the complete report, click here.

Real Estate: Sally’s Y Breaks Ground

On Saturday April 24th, the first shovels hit the ground for the long-awaited ground breaking ceremony. David & Jo Clark’s dreams finally became reality. After years of planning and numerous donations, the Denver community is step closer to the Y and the facility is anticipated to open the doors January 2011.

Sally’s Y is named after Sally McKenzie Clark, who died in a tragic car accident along with her cousin, Anna Grace Jordan, on April 4th 2004. Sally and Grace were only 19 when a drunk driver took their precious lives. David and Jo Clark , Sally’s parents, thought the YMCA would be a perfect fit to keep the youthful spirit of Sally alive. Sally had the same values as the YMCA,  faith & family. This theme will be seen throughout Sally’s Y along with the color yellow & sunflowers. Sally’s favorite flower was the sunflower and it symbolic to  happiness, strength, loyalty &  faith, just like Sally. Guests were given a packet of sunflowers and children were given plastic hard hats & small shovels as souvenirs of this historic day for the Denver community.

 The groundbreaking ceremony took place on the future site of the “Grace Chapel”, named after Sally’s cousin, Anna Grace Jordan. The ceremony included games, inflatables, musical entertainment & refreshments for the family.  A fun family event that will be remembered by all that attended for years to come.

Additional events took place on Sunday April 25th, Sally’s Y hosted the third annual Ride for Sally’s Y offering bike riders a chance to participate in a 25K, 50K or 100k. New this year, is the Girls on the Run 5K trail run. GOTR program is a non-profit organization that encourages preteen girls to develop self -respect and healthy lifestyles through their love of running. Both are great ways to show your support for Sally’s Y and promote a healthy life at the same time! Proceeds from this event go to Sally’s Y.